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    Sale 12555

    The Imperial Sale / Important Chinese Ceramics & Works of Art

    1 June 2016, Convention Hall

  • Lot 3399

    A VERY RARE GILT-DECORATED RED LACQUER ‘DRAGON AND PHOENIX’ CHEST

    CHONGZHEN GILT SIX-CHARACTER MARK IN A LINE AND OF THE PERIOD (1628-1644)

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    A VERY RARE GILT-DECORATED RED LACQUER ‘DRAGON AND PHOENIX’ CHEST
    CHONGZHEN GILT SIX-CHARACTER MARK IN A LINE AND OF THE PERIOD (1628-1644)
    Of rectangular form, the chest is decorated in gold and black against a red ground, on the cover with a bracketed cartouche depicting a phoenix perched on a branch surrounded by a multitude of birds, on the sides with dragons amidst lotus scrolls. The front is mounted with a foliated lock plate with a hinged clasp. The two sides are flanked by metal ring handles.
    36 5/8 in. (93 cm.) long


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    It is extremely rare to find lacquer pieces from the Chongzhen reign. Compare to a Chongzhen-marked tianqi and qiangjin lacquer Luohan bed in the Palace Museum Collection, illustrated in The Complete Collection of Treasures of the Palace Museum: Furniture of the Ming and Qing Dynasties (I), Shanghai, 2002, pl. 8. The rendition of the dragons on the current chest is very similar to that on a zitan chest in the Palace Museum Collection, illustrated ibid., pl. 191.